I draw from radically altered places. A defunct Detroit train station; a post-Hurricane Katrina neighborhood; a rendezvous-site for Bonnie and Clyde – what do these places say about how disaster reshapes social structure? These places house the collective memory of political aspirations, the inequality of disaster, and the re-inventions of folklore. Memory gives voice to what was buried for expediency. My paintings suggest that the shadows hold the real story.
Michelle Mackey received an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY (1999) and a B.A. from Furman University, Greenville, SC (1997). She has studied in Cortona, Italy and Taos, NM for extended periods, and has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center. Throughout the last decade Mackey has had solo exhibitions in Berlin and New York City, and participated in group exhibitions in Dallas, Marfa, Brooklyn, and New York City. Mackey lives and works in both Brooklyn, NY and Dallas, TX.
Learn more about the artist at www.michellemackey.com